Communication difficulties can occur for various reasons. They may be the result of acquired problems such as trauma to the brain or from congenital conditions.
As a result, communication difficulties can widely vary. So your therapist will treat you with individual attention and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Therapy sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client, and we will work at your pace, helping you to achieve your communication goals. These are different for every client, and may involve finding the right words when you speak, planning what you’re going to say or making your speech clearer. Everyone is different, and your goals will differ depending on your situation.
We may suggest computer-based therapy or iPad apps be used as part of therapy when appropriate. You can use these at home to increase the effectiveness of your treatment.
Telehealth is also available. This means that effective treatments can be carried out using video meetings even during the Covid pandemic. This also offers treatment for someone living in a rural area who can’t access a Speech Pathologist locally.
Following a stroke, it is distressing to be left with communication difficulties. You may have aphasia, meaning that you are having difficulty with the use of language. Dyspraxia may also occur where motor planning for speech is affected. If you have dysarthria, you will notice changes to how clear your speech sounds.
Following a traumatic brain injury, a person may have cognitive communication changes which can make it hard to follow the ‘social rules’ for conversations and express yourself the way you want to. Speech difficulties can also result, with changes to how clear you sound or using the write tone of voice. Swallowing changes may also occur.
Difficulties with the voice can be frustrating and challenging. Your voice may fatigue over the day or you may feel you have to strain to produce voice. An Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist may diagnose nodules or muscle tension which can be improved with voice therapy. People who use their voices frequently, such as teachers can experience vocal problems that may even result in time off work .
Speech and voice difficulties arising from Parkinson’s can be successfully treated using effective treatments developed especially for people who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
If you have been diagnosed with MS, Functional Neurological disorder (FND), Huntington’s disease or other neurological conditions you may be experiencing speech or swallowing difficulties or problems with saliva management. Treatment is available to address your concerns.
Various language and speech difficulties arise from primary progressive aphasia. We provide specialised assessment and client focused treatment to suit your individual needs and interests.
Various forms of disabilities may result in swallowing, speech and communication difficulties. We are NDIS registered so services are available to support your goals.
It may be difficult to eat a regular textured diet or drink normal fluids.
A comprehensive assessment and a personalised Mealtime Management plan can be helpful to outline how to support someone to be safe when eating and drinking. We assess clients in their own home so they are at ease with the process.
Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices (AAC) may be needed to help support communication, whether it is something low cost or high tech.
Therapy may be indicated to improve speech clarity, communication skills or to focus on social skills.
At Adult Speech Pathology, we assess someone focusing on their strengths.